The seniors on the soccer team prepare their goals for the future and their farewells as the last game of the season approaches.
The last game of the season will be against Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo. And while the season has been tough on the team, it will be even tougher for the seniors.
“My experience with the team has been more than just memorable. I consider that group of women to be my Missouri family. I have gotten more from the soccer team than just playing soccer with great athletes. I would not be who I am or where I am today if it wasn’t for some of the life lessons I have learned through being on the team,” Alexa Adams said.
Adams, who wears No.13, has a double major in secondary English education and Spanish. She still has one more year of school and plans on studying abroad and student teaching.
“I think my favorite memory of the soccer team is our pre-game dance parties in the locker room, where we would blast music from our phones and computers and chant for certain players to dance,” Adams said.
Rayelin Garcia plans on going to Graduate school for a Master’s Degree in social work. Garcia wears No.0.
“The most memorable moment would have to be when we made our own version of the Harlem shake. The best part when Coach Edwards showed of his amazing dance skills,” Garcia said.
Rochelle Gillilan, No.21, will be a red shirt next year due to an injury and will not be graduating.
Ashley Juravich, with a sports management major, plans to go to graduate school to continue her degree and also plans to coach soccer to younger girls. After graduate school, she hopes to continue coaching soccer on the professional level. Juravich wears No.6.
“My experience playing soccer here has most definately been memorable. I’ve been able to meet and play soccer with so many different people who I’ll never forget about. I’ll take these past five years with me in my future, and I’ll never be able to forget all of the things I’ve learned and the friends I’ve met along the way,” Juravich said.
Juravich’s favorite memory was the pre-game dances the team would do in the locker room.
“I’m pretty sure we’ve all made fools of ourselves in the locker room, but every single person was laughing and having a good time and forgetting about everything negative going on outside of the locker room. Those little moments are times I’ll never forget,” Juravich said.
Marissa Nolan is majoring in psychology and plans to focus more on child psychology. After graduation, she plans on doing an internship over the summer, working with autistic children and hopes to get a career in that field. Nolan wears No.18.
“My two years on this soccer team have been a great experience. I’ve met some pretty awesome people and made life-long friendships. I have too many memorable moments with this team to narrow it down to just one, but I would have to say one would be when we beat Southern last year in overtime for our last game of the season. We all wanted to send our seniors out with a win,” Nolan said.
Head coach Chad Edwards plans on this last game being a memorable moment for the seniors.
“It has certainly been a disappointing year, but our seniors have kept focused and I want nothing more than a win for them on Friday. I am very proud of how we have continued to battle everyday,” Edwards said.
The final game of the 2013 season will be against Missouri Southern on Friday, Nov. 1 in Joplin, Mo. at 7 p.m.